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The French roofing and waterproofing market is estimated at €8.9 billion in 2023.

The global roofing market encompasses materials used to protect against weather conditions and improve the thermal insulation of buildings. Growth is forecast at 5% a year until 2026, when it should reach $170 billion.

Despite a slight slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, demand remains driven by the residential and commercial sectors. Trends such as energy-efficiency retrofits and the development of green roofs point to a sustainable market.

The Asia-Pacific region leads global demand, followed by North America and Europe.

The main players are multinationals such as Owens Corning, Duro Last Roofing Inc. and 3Mb BASF.

A positive trajectory for the national roofing market tempered by the pressures of the pandemic

The roofing market is growing steadily, driven by the construction of residential buildings and non-residential infrastructures. Innovations in the sector are aimed at improving the energy performance of buildings, such as "cool roofs" and intelligent green roofs that efficiently manage water use.

Roofing materials play an essential role in protecting buildings against adverse weather conditions and in thermal insulation.

The French market is characterized by a large number of small, financially sound companies, particularly concentrated in northern France. Roofing operations are very numerous, with an average cost of around €180,000.

The French market has grown by 16% since 2020.

Regulatory frameworks emphasize competence requirements, completion guarantees and energy regulations such as RT 2012.

Some players in the global roofing industry

  • Owens Corning stands out for the quality of its roofing shingles and insulation products.
  • Duro-Last Roofing Inc. specializes in custom-made, single-ply roofing systems.
  • 3M has a strong presence in the roofing market.
  • Dow Chemical offers a range of energy-saving roofing solutions.
  • Atlas Roofing Corporation offers a wide selection of roofing materials
  • BASF SE focuses on reducing environmental impact
  • Braas Monier Building, a European group offering a complete range of roofing components.
  • Sika specializes in roof waterproofing systems.
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Attila, a national network specializing in roof repairs
  • Etex group, Dutch specialist
  • Edilians Imerys, manufacturer of clay roof tiles
  • SMAC, waterproofing specialist
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1 Market overview

1.1 Definition and scope of study

The global construction market is the world's largest consumer of raw materials. Roofing materials are the outermost layers of a building's roof, used to construct or repair a roof.

Roofs help protect buildings from rain, heat, snow and other factors. Lа tоiture cоntributes égаlement à mаintenir les prоpriétés d'isоlаtiоn thermique des bâtiments. Pоur cette rаisоn, ces mаtériаux sоnt indispensables dans lа construction de tous types de bâtiments, résidentiels ou non.

The global lа tоiture market is expected to grow at a rapid rate of 3.9% per year until 2027. currently, the Asia-Pacific region is the world's largest market for lа tоiture, followed by North America and Europe.The main global market players are the Americans Owens Corning, Duro Last Roofing Inc, 3M Company, The Dow Chemical Company, Atlas Roofing Corporation, Germany's BASF SE, Luxembourg's Braas Monier Building Group and Switzerland's Sika AG.

In France, SMAC is the undisputed leader in the roofing and waterproofing market, dominating a market valued at €8.686 billion in 2023. Despite its apparent dynamism, the market is facing a general decline in the number of new housing units being built, as well as competition from concealed work, which is becoming more and more widespread.

Last but not least, there are several trends running through the market, starting with the growing renovation segment, fuelled by the drive for energy efficiency. There are also innovations in the materials used, and in particular the development of green roofs.

The global boom in housing and construction activities, coupled with the increase in the human population, is the main factor driving market expansion. Today, there is massive demand for intelligent, visually appealing roofing materials with healthy, environmentally-friendly properties.


1.2 Expansion of the global roofing market

The global roofing materials market was valued at $***.** billion in **** and is expected to approach $*** billion by ****, growing at a CAGR (***) of *. *% over the ****-**** forecast period.

Global roofing market size World, ****-****, in billions of USD Source: ****

1.3 A dynamic national market

The roofing market is included in the INSEE nomenclature under NAF code **.**B"Travaux de couverture par éléments", which covers :

roof covering installation of rainwater drainage systems

The roofing market France, ****-****, in billions of euros Source: ****

with the exception of a slight regression between **** and ****, roofing in France shows ...

1.4 Analysis of French foreign trade

To analyze the roofing market, the following codes have been identified, although some of them (***) include other construction elements:

****** - "Ceramic roof tiles".

**** - "Worked natural slate and articles of natural or agglomerated slate (***)"

****** - " Cement, concrete or artificial stone tiles, slabs and similar articles"

Roofing made from ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 The construction market, the main driver of demand

The market for residential and non-residential building construction and the market for elemental roofing work France, ****-****, index base *** **** Source: ****

The graph comparing the sales index for the building construction and roofing markets shows a very strong correlation.

Indeed, the relationship between these two markets is obvious, since the construction of ...

2.2 A willingness on the part of individuals to focus on renovation to reduce energy losses in their homes

The French are very much in favor of improving their roof insulation for both economic and ecological reasons. In fact, they are well aware that poor insulation causes excess electricity consumption, which is billed to them at the end of the month. At the same time, this unnecessary energy consumption has ...

2.3 A more mixed picture, with several obstacles to renovation

The main types of energy renovation work carried out since January **** France, ****, %, %, %, %, %, %, %, %, %, %, %, % Source: ****

The top three categories of energy renovation work carried out since January **** mainly include insulation, which was chosen by almost half of homeowners, followed by the installation of windows/glazing and the replacement of the heating system or ...

3 Market structure

3.1 Value chain

3.2 A fragmented market with many small structures, mainly located in northern France

Portrait of French roofing establishments

Number of establishments, workforce and average workforce size per establishment in the roofing industry (***) France, ****-****, in units Source: ****

In the roofing market in ****, the number of companies has increased by **% since ****, while the number of employees has risen very slightly by *% over the same period. ...

3.3 A sector structured into two business lines

Breakdown of the roofing and waterproofing sector, by branch of activity France, ****, as % of total Source: ****

Roofing dominates the roofing market, accounting for **% of total sales. The remainder of sales are generated by waterproofing activities, which have been on the rise in recent years(***).

The two business lines also differ in ...

3.4 Distribution channels for roofing materials

There are several categories of roofing materials distributor, which can be differentiated according to size and specialization.


The big names in building materials distribution (***) all offer roofing products. However, their strategy differs in the way they integrate and promote their different activities.

Point P is an excellent example of this, ...

3.5 The grey area of competition from posted workers and illegal workers

In labor law, the status of posted worker is a status defined by the European directive of December **, ****, enabling an employee working in one member state of the European Union to be posted to work in another member state. This status guarantees the employee a set of minimum rights applicable under ...

4 Offer analysis

4.1 Types of roofing materials used

There are many materials that can be used to build a roof. The table below describes the various alternativesand their main advantages and disadvantages.

Source: ****

4.2 Roofing prices

New vs. renovation

The first factor with a major influence on roofing prices is the distinction between new and renovation. Indeed, the installation of a new roof will almost always be less expensive than that of a roof to be renovated. This higher price is due to the need to carry ...

4.3 A market subject to soaring raw material prices

The construction industry in France, including the roofing sector, is facing a significant rise in material prices. This trend, due to increased post-pandemic demand, supply chain interruptions and raw material shortages, is having a major impact on professionals and homeowners alike. Prices for roofing materials such as tiles, slates, metals and ...

4.4 Innovative roofing

R&D is omnipresent among roofing manufacturers. The aim is not only to renovate production tools, but also to innovate in terms of product ranges and colors. To finance their innovations, manufacturers can also call on the CTMNC (***), while developing quality processes at industrial sites.

Energy-efficient roofs

The energy efficiency of ...

5 Regulations

5.1 Regulatory framework

Requirements for a roofer

hold a certificate of vocational aptitude (***), or a diploma or certificate of equivalent or higher approved diploma or qualification of equal or higher level, or three years' professional experience as an employee or self-employed worker Register with the Répertoire des Métiers

The main ...

5.2 Roofing grants and subsidies in France

There are a number of government subsidies and grants for roofing in France. These schemes are all the more attractive if the project includes a thermal insulation component designed to reduce the home's energy consumption.

National schemes

Reduced VAT rate Zero-rate loan (***) MaPrimeRénov' CEE (***) Energy vouchers

Local schemes

Local schemes ...

6 Positioning the players

6.1 Segmentаtiоn

  • Ecolis Groupe
  • Asturienne
  • ETEX Group (Etrenit)
  • Icopal
  • JОRIS IDE Groupe
  • Lahera Productions
  • Tuilerie Lambert
  • SP Toiture
  • Texabri
  • Klober - HPI FRАNCE SАRL
  • Descours et Cabaud
  • Terreal Groupe (Wienerberger Group)
  • Attila
  • Saint-Gobain Groupe
  • VM Building Solutions France (Etex Group)
  • Rikksen
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Edilians

List of charts presented in this market study

  • Size of the global roofing materials market
  • The market for residential and non-residential building construction and the market for elemental roofing work
  • Floor area of non-residential premises under construction (short-term view)
  • Number of single-family homes under construction (short-term view)
  • Floor area of single-family homes under construction (short-term view)
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Latest news

Saint-Gobain ready to set up in Australia for 2.5 billion euros - 22/02/2024
  • Saint-Gobain proposes to acquire the entire capital of CSR
  • The CSR Group has some 40 production sites worldwide, around 130 sales outlets and 2,800 employees.
  • CSR's total revenues for the 2022-2023 financial year amounted to A$2.6 billion.
  • By 2022, North America and emerging markets already accounted for 62% of Saint-Gobain's operating income, compared with 40% in 2018.
ArcelorMittal: Italy on the verge of putting one of Europe's largest steelworks into receivership - 18/01/2024
  • Acciaierie d'Italia was placed under Italian state administration in 2015.
  • ArcelorMittal became the main shareholder in 2018, holding 62% of the company's capital.
  • The Italian government has committed to providing public aid of up to €1 billion in December 2022.
  • The company provides 11,000 direct jobs, and up to 20,000 if indirect jobs are counted.
  • Planned production should have reached 8 million tonnes by 2025, but has fallen to 3 million tonnes by 2023.
Saint-Gobain expands into Canada - 13/06/2023
  • Acquisition of Kaycan by Saint-Gobain one year ago
  • Saint-Gobain to acquire Building Products of Canada in 2023 for C$1.3 billion (approx. €925 million)
  • Building Products of Canada has a 25-30% market share in roofing products
  • Building Products of Canada total sales: C$435 million
  • Saint-Gobain's pro forma 2022 sales in Canada: C$1.8 billion
  • Saint-Gobain in Canada grows from 11 to 24 plants in eighteen months
Terreal invests 20 million to save gas at its main tile plant | 20 million investment to save gas at Terreal - 16/05/2023
  • Energy efficiency investment - 6.4 million euros
  • Terreal sales - 880 million euros (50% in France)
Terreal acquires Austrian heavyweight Wienerberger - 21/12/2022
  • Terreal: French tile and brick manufacturer
  • Park Square Capital fund has controlled Terreal since 2013
  • Nearly 3,000 employees
  • Wienerberger becomes owner of Creaton, a German tile manufacturer to be acquired by Terreal in 2020
  • Wienerberger strengthens its presence in France and Germany, two buoyant renovation markets
How Saint-Gobain is making inroads across the Atlantic - 18/11/2022

Companies quoted in this study

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Ecolis Groupe
ETEX Group (Etrenit)
Lahera Productions
Tuilerie Lambert
SP Toiture

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